Dubai daily hails Sri Lanka’s luxury beach resorts as top attractions for visitors from Gulf states


With Sri Lanka a growing must-visit destination for holidaymakers from the Gulf states, top Dubai news portal Kahleej Times reports that our paradise island is living up to its name.

It cites Travel+Leisure’s 50 best places to travel in 2018 in which “the Southern Province in Sri Lanka tops the list with its prestige beaches. Washington DC and Big Sur, CA, took the second and third”.

It notes that fellow Gulf state Abu Dhabi figures at number 30, while Egypt, where archeologists in Egypt uncovered a necropolis containing more than 17 mummies south of Cairo, is 17th.


Travel+Leisure notes that international visitors topped 2 million for the first time in 2016, and that “the momentum is particularly strong along the south coast, which has the highest concentration of hotels and resorts after Colombo”.

It names the recently opened 172-room Amari beach resort in Galle, and that “water also plays a central role at Alila Koggala, a new luxury eco-resort with 36 suites and private villas, opening 20 minutes outside of Galle in June”.

Meanwhile, renowned southern beaches such as Mirissa “attract travelers in need of a full mind-body reset. The laid-back surfer town—think Venice Beach minus the tech crowd—comes alive at night with bars and barbecue restaurants overlooking the turquoise bay”.

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